Moving the Needle on Our Equity Goals

with Olafemi B. Akintunde, Jazz Hudson, Vu Le, & Nicole Amri

May 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2021

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications Due April 20, 2021.

Moving the Needle on Our Equity Goals is a four-part professional learning workshop for a national audience of education directors at cultural institutions, arts education organization leaders and experienced teaching and social artists.

Participants will work together to dive into how we can better address issues of equity at every level of our work. We ask that participants attend all four workshops.

Part 1: Making Connections and Setting Goals with Nicole Amri

Wednesday, May 5, 2-5 PM Central

Part 2: The Whole Story: Creating Roadmaps for Equity with Olafemi B. Akintunde and Jazz Hudson

Wednesday, May 12, 2-5 PM Central

Part 3: Addressing Equity in our Organizations with Vu Le

Wednesday, May 19, 2-5 PM Central

Part 4: Reflections, Processing and Making a Work Plan with Nicole Amri

Wednesday, May 26, 2-5 PM Central

**Closed Captioning will be provided at all events**

Admission to the series is by application. Our goals in this application process are:

  • To form a cohort of no more than 40 people for small-group, in-depth learning;
  • To ensure the cohort is socio-culturally, artistically and organizationally diverse; and
  • To include individuals who are positioned to drive progress in terms of equity in their home communities.

Note: As a reflection of MINDPOP’s commitment to Austin’s Creative Learning Initiative, the cohort will be split roughly 50/50 between participants from the Austin area and those from across the country.

Applications are due April 16, though we encourage you to submit your information at your earliest convenience. We will be building a national cohort of up to forty participants.

Cost: We are using an honor system that recognizes differences in wealth, income, and privilege within our community, along with our need to cover program costs. Upon acceptance to the cohort, you will be able to choose what you will pay what you can, with these guidelines:

  • Suggested General Admission: $150
  • Solidarity Admission*: $300
  • Pay What You Can: Base this amount on you or your organization's financial circumstances.

*By choosing Solidarity Admission, you will be covering the Suggested General Admission for yourself and one other participant.

Thank you to the National Guild for Community Arts Education and Rooted Doula Collective for the Solidarity Admission framework.

Advanced Topics for Arts Educators: Workshop Leaders and Facilitators

Olafemi B. Akintunde currently serves as Director of the Ubuntu Leadership Institute. Olafemi’s work focuses on healing-centered engagement, curriculum development, and differentiated learning.

A graduate of California State University, East Bay with a B.A. in Sociology and an emphasis on social services, Olafemi is a multi credentialed teacher who continues to serve many different communities throughout the country. With an extensive background in teaching, facilitation, program development, and social service delivery, Olafemi’s focus has been geared towards the healing and education of boys and men of color. Through his work with Flourish Agenda, Inc, Alameda County of Education, Juvenile Hall, and the African American Male Achievement program over the last several years, he has created opportunities for individuals to explore toxic social constructs while providing a comprehensive lens needed to heal self and community.

As an educator, he has been featured in the Detroit Free Press, Ubuntu Leadership Academy, and the African American Male Achievement Documentary, “Kingmakers.” In addition, his work has been published by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, which featured his unique approach to educating young black males, as his engaging and charismatic approach reflects his background in performing arts. His interactive teaching is spoken from a place of absolute understanding of the Black male experience through education. He sees the education and healing of black men and boys as his life’s work and looks forward to continuing the legacy of great African educators.

Jazz Hudson is an award-winning artist, speaker, educator, and young girl advocate who serves a host of communities facilitating transformation and healing through art. With a holistic approach to content & development, her interdisciplinary work engages audiences in dialogue and activism that extend beyond the page and stage. She recently transitioned from serving as the program director for E.M.E.R.G.E. (Educating, Mentoring, Empowering, and Reaffirming our Girls for Excellence), a pilot educational re-entry program that serves young women ages 16-18, to focus on her motherhood and consulting. Jazz has over 11 years of experience as a keynote performer, educator, and consultant for corporate, educational, nonprofit, and community-based organizations. She has expertise in facilitating “experiential workshops” on race, gender, class, hip-hop/arts, and radical healing. Jazz leads and design workshops utilizing oral and written tradition to reclaim and define the self. Her work is a dynamic fusion of Hip Hop, Poetry, & Soul; she’s been featured at hundreds of colleges and concert halls across the US, 106 KMEL Street Soldiers, Women's March Oakland, at innumerable rallies, SF Chronicle, NPR, Thred Up, the Empowering Women Of Color Conference, events honoring Oscar Grant and commemorating Black August, in juvenile halls, Soulciety’s Empowerment showcase, the Philippines, and high school classrooms all over the nation. She has shared stages with Saul Williams, Melissa Harris-Perry, Angela Davis, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Mos Def, Susan Taylor, and Michael Eric Dyson

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at

Nicole Amri Driven by learning and creating, Nicole’s great passions are education and the arts. As a multidisciplinary artist she explores human rights issues with a focus on interpersonal relationships and societal conditions. In addition to her position as Program Director for SAY Sí, Nicole currently serves on committees in San Antonio and nationally, including SA2020, Excel Beyond the Bell SA, San Antonio's Trauma-Informed Care Consortium, and the ARE (Artists for Racial Equity) Network under the National Guild for Community Arts Education. When she’s not working or creating, Nicole loves to dance, cook and listen to music (often at the same time).

Advanced Topics for Arts Educators is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.